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Publisher Comments:

<div>In the 1960s and ‘70s, thousands of Roman Catholic priests left the active ministry to get married. Nothing like this had been seen on this scale since the French Revolution, and before that since the Reformation. Now a different phenomenon seems to be at work: priests who have formed long-time, intimate sexual friendships. These men are not pedophiles or sexual abusers. They are adult, mature men who can no longer find a rationale for a life of obligatory celibacy and enter into responsible sexual relationships. Some of them are straight, some gay. Based on interviews, conducted over a nine-year period, with 50 Australian priests, Priests in Love tells the stories of these priests and their friends. It deals with the moral, psychological, and social challenges they face on the less traveled road of social change. </div>>

Review:

"As a parish secretary, Australian anthropologist Anderson observed firsthand the struggle of men who tried to reconcile their priesthood with the celibacy requirement imposed by the Catholic Church. In 1995, she set out to tell the story of those who have renegotiated their vows by engaging in sexually intimate friendships with women and other men, a venture that required her securing the priests' trust and overcoming their fears of being exposed. In this study, she weaves excerpts from interviews with 50 priests conducted over a 10-year period into support for her strongly held view that celibacy should be optional. Although this story is long overdue, Anderson's book is disappointing because her personal agenda distracts and detracts from the more powerful and human aspects of priests in such relationships. Anderson also is remiss in neglecting the experiences of the partners of 'priests in love.' Although she hints at the pain they suffer from being part of relationships that are condemned by the church, she rarely allows them to speak for themselves, even as she criticizes a patriarchal church for empowering only priests. Advocates of changing the celibacy requirement will sympathize with Anderson's work, but her method may alienate those who might have been won over by a less strident approach." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Having been active in Catholic parish life in Western Australia for over 20 years, Anderson describes the experience of priests who discover that celibacy is destructive of their lives and ministry, and make their way through a jumbled mass of complexities as they seek a remedy in sexually intimate friendships. She does not provide an index.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In the 1960s and ‘70s, thousands of Roman Catholic priests left the active ministry to get married. Nothing like this had been seen on this scale since the French Revolution, and before that since the Reformation. Now a different phenomenon seems to be at work: priests who have formed long-time, intimate sexual friendships. These men are not pedophiles or sexual abusers. They are adult, mature men who can no longer find a rationale for a life of obligatory celibacy and enter into responsible sexual relationships. Some of them are straight, some gay. Based on interviews, conducted over a nine-year period, with 50 Australian priests, Priests in Love tells the stories of these priests and their friends. It deals with the moral, psychological, and social challenges they face on the less traveled road of social change.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826417022
Author:
Anderson, Jane
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Subject:
Catholic church
Subject:
Clergy
Subject:
Christianity - Catholicism
Subject:
Christianity - Pastoral Ministry
Subject:
Sexuality & Gender Studies
Subject:
Christianity - Catholic
Subject:
Catholic Church - Clergy - Sexual behavior
Subject:
Priests - Sexual behavior - Australia
Subject:
General Religion
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.77 x 5.76 x 0.59 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As a parish secretary, Australian anthropologist Anderson observed firsthand the struggle of men who tried to reconcile their priesthood with the celibacy requirement imposed by the Catholic Church. In 1995, she set out to tell the story of those who have renegotiated their vows by engaging in sexually intimate friendships with women and other men, a venture that required her securing the priests' trust and overcoming their fears of being exposed. In this study, she weaves excerpts from interviews with 50 priests conducted over a 10-year period into support for her strongly held view that celibacy should be optional. Although this story is long overdue, Anderson's book is disappointing because her personal agenda distracts and detracts from the more powerful and human aspects of priests in such relationships. Anderson also is remiss in neglecting the experiences of the partners of 'priests in love.' Although she hints at the pain they suffer from being part of relationships that are condemned by the church, she rarely allows them to speak for themselves, even as she criticizes a patriarchal church for empowering only priests. Advocates of changing the celibacy requirement will sympathize with Anderson's work, but her method may alienate those who might have been won over by a less strident approach." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
In the 1960s and ‘70s, thousands of Roman Catholic priests left the active ministry to get married. Nothing like this had been seen on this scale since the French Revolution, and before that since the Reformation. Now a different phenomenon seems to be at work: priests who have formed long-time, intimate sexual friendships. These men are not pedophiles or sexual abusers. They are adult, mature men who can no longer find a rationale for a life of obligatory celibacy and enter into responsible sexual relationships. Some of them are straight, some gay. Based on interviews, conducted over a nine-year period, with 50 Australian priests, Priests in Love tells the stories of these priests and their friends. It deals with the moral, psychological, and social challenges they face on the less traveled road of social change.
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